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Seeing Red

This morning, I am in a super-grateful daze for the NHS (National Health Service in the UK).


Yesterday, I was fluey. Today, I coughed up bright-red blood.


Oh.


I suspected the new Omicrom variant was doing the rounds in my body.


Oh, again.


My parents test themselves regularly, so they had a couple of test kits at home. It took three, rather worrying, minutes, to confirm that I did not have COVID.


Had I been at home in Nairobi, the freaking out time would have been significantly higher.


So, today, I am grateful for NHS, I am grateful for the systems in place in the UK to help prevent and monitor the spread of COVID, and I am grateful that I was negative.


And the blood? Maybe a chest infection, but also the fact that must have sneezed at least five hundred times in the last 24 hours. I expect I have just have burst blood vessel somewhere. I will be fine. I am already fine.


And that is a relief.


I say this to patients all the time, that our health is probably the single most important thing in our life – and it is something that even I, clearly, take for granted.


This little reminder today was exactly what I needed.


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This was written two weeks ago, and am back to 100% health as this goes out to press.


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